It’s a shame the New York International Auto Show’s media days do not coincide with the BMW exhibit in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall. This has to be the most unique display of cars and art and art cars one has ever seen.
Many have seen artisan painted Bimmer’s at various auto shows, one at a show, but with four exhibited in the high vaulted ceiling vastness of this venue, the sight is inspiring verging on awesome.
The Art Cars of world famous artists Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein were commissioned with the goal of viewing each BMW as if it were a traditional artistic medium that could be dramatically displayed on eye-level acute angles, rather than just placed on a flat platform.
“It was not easy,” world renowned artist and racing fan, Frank Stella, told me in a brief interview, “I was surprised by the length of time – over three weeks – to create a design I know would be special but I made a lot of mistakes. Now I’d morph a design with PhotoShop. My paintings are done in much less time.”